Lombok natural disaster: Victims 'buried alive' as number of dead rises to 131

Lombok natural disaster: Victims 'buried alive' as number of dead rises to 131

The quakes were also felt on nearby Bali Island.

In a statement issued by Ndivhuwo Mabaya, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said "at this stage" it was aware of five South Africans that were present in the affected area during the natural disaster.

"The corpses are starting to smell and we believe some people buried are still alive - that's why it's a critical time", Nugroho said.

"You're safe, mister", said one of the soldiers as emotion overcame the man, clad in Islamic robes, and villagers crowded around him.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) estimates that the death toll was at least 91 people as of August 6.

"Of course they are all sad", he said through a translator.

It said clean drinking water was scarce because of a recent spell of extremely dry weather in Lombok.

Twenty-three-year old local man Ghozali who lives in northern Lombok and works on the tourist island of Gili T, slept outside with his extended family on Monday night because of serious structural damage to his home.

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At least 4,600 foreign and Indonesian tourists also have been evacuated from three smaller islands off Lombok's coast so far, Nugroho said.

Through what she says was "sheer luck", the family heard that two boats would be taking people off the island Monday morning, and chose to take a chance.

'We still have no wifi and very little power.

A child injured in the quake receives oxygen at a makeshift hospital in Tanjung, North Lombok, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

"Under the current situation, we estimate that the status will be extended, possibly for a week", he said. "We're hoping to hear there will be no quake again".

'Once it stopped our hotel host returned and explained he was at the grocery where everyone was screaming and running out'.

"One Indonesian tourist died in Gili Meno, several were injured, mostly suffering from broken bones", rescue official Agus Hendra Sanjaya told AFP, referencing the middle island.

Olivia Scott told the Herald she was on Gili Trawangan when the quake hit and described the events that followed as "a bloody shambles".

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The spokesman said the number of victims is expected to rise as the assessment work continues.

"So I wasn't able to rescue her when the natural disaster struck". Moments later she added: 'Bali.

Many hotels closed because of damage but some allowed travelers to camp in their lobbies.

As the aid effort stepped up, volunteers and rescue personnel erected more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake.

Over 5,000 people were displaced after being forced to evacuate.

He described a roar that knocked out the electricity and sent people fleeing outside.

Those were going to be repaired, he said, but people were just getting over the first quake and more than half the village's 1,500 people were sleeping outside.

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